We’re wrapping up August and headed into September with back-to-school on the brain. If you still have school supplies to buy, be sure to check out our Back to School Guide loaded with stellar deals and fab after-school activities. And because we don’t want you to labor too hard this weekend, we’ve put together some fun ways to chillax with the fam. On our radar: a grand opening celebration at Magnuson Park, a ginormous music festival under the Needle, a laid-back, easy-going blues festival, a big hands-on event in Redmond, an activity to unleash your inner pirate, and an open house loaded with fun activities.

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Seattle

Tennis Fest 2013
Celebrate the grand opening of Tennis Center Sand Point with four fun-filled days of activities. Check out the new indoor tennis center, meet the staff, play on the long-awaited new courts and participate in free drill clinics and classes throughout the weekend. Fri.-Mon., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bumbershoot 2013 (pictured)
There’s plenty to see, eat, and do at this annual music and arts festival. Enjoy great tunes from a variety of music genres, urban craft vendors, and theatre and dance performances. For the lil’ ones, the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone will feature lots of hands-on activities, entertainment, exhibits, and kid-approved programs by the Pacific Science Center, STG Presents and more. Sat.–Mon., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Youngershoot open 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $60 to $575 (10 and under free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Blues for Food Fest
This all-day, easy-going festival will feature live music by some of the best blues bands in the Northwest, fresh food from local vendors, a fab homemade pie auction, gardening activities for the kids, and more. Sat., 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Seattle. $20 to $25 (under 12 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Big Truck Day
At this annual event, don your hard hat and get up-close and personal with dump trucks, backhoes, concrete mixers, and other large construction vehicles. Then, take a tractor-pulled wagon ride and enjoy tractor-themed treasures and a sweet treat. Fri., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Redmond. $15 to $36. Pre-registration recommended. Ages 1 to 9. Event details.

Tall Ships at Woodmark Hotel
Ahoy, mateys! Take a tour of two historic ships, including one used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean, experience a “battle” sail on Lake Washington, and enjoy a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. Ship tours available Fri.-Sun, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Family sailings available Fri.-Sun., 2:00 pm. $40 to $60 per person (tours free). Kirkland. All ages. Event details.

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Back to School Open House at Great Play of Redmond
Looking for classes to keep the kiddos busy this fall? During Great Play of Redmond’s open house, take a tour the facility, meet the instructors, and enjoy a FREE class. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Redmond. Free. Pre-registration for classes required. All ages. Event details.

How will you be spending Labor Day weekend? Will you be hitting the road or enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above? Let us know in a comment below!

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Morgan Keuler/Bumbershoot